Children's Brains, Neuroplasticity and Pediatric Intervention: What's the Evidence?

Course Description:

This course is designed to present the most recent empirical evidence regarding efficacy of specific therapy-related interventions. Emphasis will be on strategies for children with cerebral palsy and other neurologic-based diagnoses. Videotapes of treatment sessions will be used to illustrate major points and to present longitudinal case studies. Recent information on neuroplasticity and motor learning principles as related to the developing child is included and implications for the most effective clinical interventions are suggested. Treatment strategies based on current knowledge of neuroplasticity, such as constraint-induced therapy, mirror therapy and treadmill training, are emphasized. The information presented should be immediately applicable to the organization of clinical treatment sessions and home, school, and community-based programs for children with a variety of developmental disabilities. Age and Patient Population: Principles discussed in the course are applicable to children of all ages as well as adults. Treatment strategies presented are designed for the pediatric population.

Target Audience:

This course is designed primarily for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapist Assistants, but may also be of interest to speech clinicians and other health-care and education professionals.

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Objectives:

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe critical elements that support brain plasticity
  2. Summarize major processes in normal brain development
  3. Link developmental disabilities with areas of impaired brain function
  4. Compare generalized intervention strategies to specific function-based activities
  5. Apply principles of motor learning to treatment sessions
  6. Compare differing viewpoints on the role of muscle tone in motor control
  7. Discuss critical periods for CNS sensory system development in children
  8. Review research regarding perceptual-motor development in typically developing children
  9. Discuss rationale for early gait training
  10. Analyze varying environments in relation to affordances for motor behavior


What others are saying:

"This class exceeded my expectations! It was taught in a manner in which I can understand and incorporate into my own therapy practice right away!" -Katherine Sanchez, OTR/L

"Very helpful to organize my thoughts on Motor Control. It relates/applies to treatment. Excellent update on current research and treatment." -Heather Hanson, PT  

"I try to keep up with current therapeutic trends and this course fit the bill perfectly - presented in an interesting and instructive way." -Roxann Nickerson, PT

"This course was such a thorough, unbiased review of current as well as still-relevant, older research. The presenter kept us well engaged through her passion and relevant videos. I was able to get many 'pearls' from this course that I will be able to use in my practice immediately!"-Dana Stalander, MPT


Patricia Montgomery

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Session 1 October 12-13, 2019
Miami, FL (Map)

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